Potjiekos

 

This is a traditional dish, which can be made using just about anything to hand. Great for a cookout on a summers day. Requires a lot of time, and lots of wine to drink while you're waiting. The recipe really depends on what you have and therefore is almost never the same twice. Utensil: A large iron pot, preferably with three legs. It must have a tightly fitting lid.

  • A little cooking oil
  • Any kind of beef, lamb/mutton, chicken, even fish. Cheaper cuts of meat are better as this dish is cooked for hours.
  • Thickly slice any kind of vegetables that are available. Pumpkin, squash, zucchini are good, potatoes, yams, tomatoes, beans etc.
  • Wine (red or white) for cooking (and drinking).
  • Whatever spices and herbs are around. Salt & pepper, coriander is good, tumeric, curry if you like etc.

Make a little fire. It must be very low. Brown chunks of meat or chicken in the pot. Then pack the meat at the bottom of the pot. In layers pack the other sliced vegetables, potatoes should be at the top, seasoning each layer as you pack it in. Pour wine over the layers. Cook this over the very low fire for 4 to 6 hours without stirring, sipping wine with your friends while you solve the world's problems and while they tll you what you've left out of the pot. Now and then add a bit of wine knowingly to the pot, just to make your friends think you know what you're doing.

Serve over rice and you'll realize that life is good when you do things this slowly.